On a cold winter day in November, people flocked to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC to witness something spectacular and special, the Hanifa’s Inaugural Fashion Show called Dream. The brand Hanifa is created by Anifa Mvuemba, a fashion designer based in Maryland. During the 2020 lockdown, she became well known throughout the fashion industry with a 3D digital fashion show called the Pink Label Capsule that gained worldwide recognition.
It was the first live show I’d been to all year. Everyone was spaced out for safety, wearing masks, sitting outside the dining hall and yet I barely noticed all that. For the first time in months the restrictions of the pandemic weren’t weighing down on my experience. All I could think about was clapping louder, and how fabulous the queens performing before me were. Did I mention it was a drag show?
Vivienne Westwood was known as a style icon, specifically having heavily influenced punk fashion in the ‘70s. She was adored by the youths of the time, those who wanted to rebel against the prim and proper “squareness” associated with rule followers and government supporters and find styles that opposed the wide lapels and flared denim they so ferociously despised.
Lovers of fashion flock to New York every February and September to see the upcoming season’s latest collections. Each year NYFW becomes more of a spectacle, but seemingly overlooks the realm of Black designers and creative directors. In honor of fashion week coinciding with Black History Month, here are four Black designers whose designs are a must-see.
Van Gheem’s work comments on the mundanities of everyday life from a tongue-in-cheek approach. Her roots in studying textiles informs both her color and surface design.
The young designer who reworks discarded items to give them new life.
How this digital design house quite literally challenges the fabric of fashion.
There has been a recent resurgence of a trend that dates back much longer than a few decades, try a few centuries.
“an ode to my childhood. When Priscilla knocks at the door, you answer”
A cinematic examination of Wong Kar-wai’s color palette of the cheongsam.
Capturing imagination, promoting innovative design and campaigning for the protection of life on Mother Earth.
They say fashion is cyclical, if that’s so, what were the origins of mom jeans, and how did they come back in style after the 90210 ‘80s era? What makes the classic high waist, straight leg jean so popular for millennials? And why is there such a negative connotation surrounding them?